Vol­un­teers rally to clean-up beach, walk­ing track

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE - ~ Olivia Duf­fey

Is­abel Os­borne and Tal­lu­lah McKen­zie are tak­ing a stance for the en­vi­ron­ment this tourism sea­son.

With the in­flux of vis­i­tors, and some pretty in­clement weather in the past few weeks, the re­cent high school grad­u­ates no­ticed co­pi­ous amounts of rub­bish were pol­lut­ing some of the most used sum­mer spots for lo­cals and tourists alike.

They said the McLean Beach area and the Ed­ward River fol­low­ing the Beach to Beach walk to the De­niliquin CBD were par­tic­u­larly lit­tered.

To­gether, they planned a pub­lic clean-up last week and cre­ated a spe­cial Face­book event to get oth­ers there to help them.

They man­aged to in­spire 20 peo­ple to help them out, in­clud­ing some of the staff from De­niliquin McDon­ald’s.

Miss Os­borne said it was fit­ting to get the help from the lo­cal restau­rant as a per­cent­age of the rub­bish col­lected was stamped with their brand.

‘‘Walk­ing down the river, I saw 14 McDon­ald’s cups dis­carded in both the river and on the bank,’’ she said.

‘‘We found ev­ery­thing from take-away boxes, to empty stub­bies, cig­a­rette butts and bro­ken glass had been left be­hind or even just dis­carded.

‘‘It (the Beach to Beach track) is a beau­ti­ful river walk.

‘‘When you first look there doesn’t seem much (rub­bish) at all, yet when you’re search­ing it’s amaz­ing how much lit­ter there ac­tu­ally is.’’

Miss McKen­zie said the other aim of the clean-up event was to in­spire peo­ple to think about how they can care for their en­vi­ron­ment all year.

‘‘This was a great way to en­gage younger gen­er­a­tions, mak­ing it a so­cial event with a pur­pose,’’ she said.

The vol­un­teers started their clean-up at the pop­u­lar McLean Beach in west De­niliquin about 5pm Thurs­day, and made their way along the Beach to Beach track to Ed­wardes St where bags of rub­bish were loaded into a wait­ing ute.

Fif­teen full bags were col­lected, and any­thing which can be re­cy­cled will be sal­vaged be­fore the rub­bish is dis­posed of cor­rectly.

Tak­ing part in the clean-up to help her sis­ter, Ca­lypso McKen- zie said she was out­raged that ‘‘Deni has more rub­bish on our beaches than in the bins’’.

De­niliquin McDon­ald’s restau­rant man­ager Josh Ber­ry­man said he and his staff wanted to as­sist with the clean-up to ‘‘help where we can’’.

‘‘It comes down to our val­ues, one of which is com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘McDon­ald’s Aus­tralia is also a ma­jor spon­sor for Clean Up Aus­tralia Day, which we have par­tic­i­pated in for 10 to 15 years.’’

Given its suc­cess last week, Miss Os­borne and Miss McKen­zie hope to or­gan­ise more cleanup events in the fu­ture.

Clean-up par­tic­i­pants (from left) Kahli Reeves, Thomas Mar­shall, Josh Ber­ry­man, Katie Rogers, Is­abel Os­borne, Wendy McKind­lay, Tal­lu­lah McKen­zie, Ron McKen­zie, Sally Os­borne, Rosie North, Ca­lypso McKen­zie, Ma­cie, Clint and Chelsea Free and Henry Os­borne at McLean Beach on Thurs­day night.

ABOVE RIGHT: Clean-up co­or­di­na­tors Is­abel Os­borne and Tal­lu­lah McKen­zie.

RIGHT: Vol­un­teers from McDon­ald’s De­niliquin (from left) Craig Mur­phy, Josh Ber­ry­man, Brett Petersen, Thomas Mar­shall, Katie Rogers and Kahli Reeves.

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